MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016

GAVI Alliance helps launch measles-rubella campaign in Ghana

The GAVI Alliance announced on Wednesday that it helped Ghana launch its measles-rubella vaccination campaign.

The campaign is aiming to target over 11 million children in the country of Ghana. Children between the ages of 9 months and 14 years will be able to received a combined measles-rubella vaccination. The campaign is set to run until September 20.

The campaign is only one part of Ghana's continuing commitment to accelerate its immunization program and ensure all children are protected from life-threatening illnesses. Last year, Ghana became the first GAVI-supported country to introduce two vaccines at the same time; the vaccines were against pneumonia and diarrhoea, two of the leading causes of death in children in developing countries like Ghana. In the next month, Ghana plans to roll out vaccines against the human papillomavirus.

Ghana's support of immunizations comes in part from its president, John Dramani Mahama. Mahama is committed to supporting GAVI's mission of saving children's lives and increasing immunization. To show his support, Mahama has agreed to play a key role in GAVI's second replenishment, which is an event to raise funds for vaccinations.

Also supporting Ghana's latest vaccination push is Lions Clubs International, a group that announced a partnership with GAVI in July. Lions Clubs volunteers helped Ghana in the latest vaccination push by helping fund and facilitate several meetings of local Ghanaian leaders.